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Speyside Whisky

Speyside whiskies are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Age often brings a bit more body and the profusion of heavily sherried whiskies from the region exhibit superb power. Though a comparatively small appellation, Speyside has, by some distance, the vast majority of Scotch whisky distilleries. Indeed there are eighty-four working distilleries, including the world’s best-sellers: The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant and The Macallan.

The Speyside style has altered over time, a traditional Speyside single malt would be more akin to a Highland whisky, with a definite robustness and a marked peat. More recent expressions are lighter, sweeter whiskies; honeyed and fine. Lacking the peat of Islay or the Highlands, the ozone and salinity of coastal malts or the dry, perfume of the Lowlands; Speyside whiskies are sweet and subtle. There is however, no hard and fast rule as to the characteristics of Speyside whisky, for more than half of Scotland’s distilleries are to be found in this sub-region of the Highlands.

Older variants, particularly from those powerhouse distilleries: Macallan and Glenfarclas are often well-sherried, thick drams. There is a tendency to steer away from heavily finished whiskies, indeed most are matured in either ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks. A heavily sherried Speyside single malt to be the perfect companion to a medium-bodied cigar, and a particularly well-aged expression can be the utmost of postprandial swigs.

Some of the light, youthful Speyside whiskies, perhaps from Allt-á-Bhainne or Glen Elgin, are charming and delightful. There is a low mineral content in the waters of Speyside, lying on the Grampians, with their granite content proffering soft waters. As a rule, the whiskies are either very low or totally devoid of peat, there is not a great abundance of it locally, though it has been used with some successful results in the cases of BenRiach and Tomintoul’s Ballantruan respectively.

Tomintoul 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

A gentle 10 year old from the Speyside distillery, Tomintoul. This was introduced to their range in 2002, two years after the distillery was bought by Angus Dundee.  More info

Tomintoul 10 Year Old
4
$29.46

Glentauchers 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 15827) - The Single Cask

70cl, 45.8%
Glentauchers

A bottling of 14 year old Glentauchers from The Single Cask, an indie bottling range from a whisky bar in Singapore which shares its name. This was distilled in January 2002, matured in cask #15827…  More info

Glentauchers 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 15827) - The Single Cask
1
$83.61

Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition - Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Glenfiddich

The Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition was named for the distillery's sixth Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, as he was their first Malt Master to double-mature Glenfiddich whisky in two different casks.…  More info

Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition - Sherry Cask Finish
5
$56.39

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 47.8%
Glenfarclas

A 1995 vintage single malt from the Glenfarclas distillery, released as part of their Spring 2015 Family Cask release. It was left to age in a single Sherry hogshead until December 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$239.07

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

The Spey Cascade single malt Scotch whisky from the Singleton of Dufftown is made with a balanced mix of whiskies aged in both bourbon and Sherry casks. The result is warming with baked orchard…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade
11
$33.27

Braeval 10 Year Old - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

10 year old single malt from the Braeval distillery (previously known as Braes of Glenlivet), independently bottled by Douglas Laing for The Clan Denny range. The label refers to this bottling as…  More info

Braeval 10 Year Old - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$36.45

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Glenfarclas

A delicious, richly sherried Glenfarclas aged for 17 years and launched for the travel retail market. Loads of character and depth, just what we've come to expect from the distillery.  More info

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old
14
$102.74

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Allt-á-Bhainne

A glorious Old Particular bottling of Allt-á-Bhainne single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 18 years. It was distilled in June 1996 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of…  More info

Allt-á-Bhainne 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10370) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$68.81

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%
Strathisla

Released as part of the Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Labels, this is a 2005 vintage Strathisla single malt Scotch whisky. It was bottled in 2015 at 43% ABV, featuring retro-styled labels - we do love…  More info

Strathisla 2005 (bottled 2015) - Gordon & MacPhail
1
$42.79

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 54.8%
Aberlour

An independently bottled 20 year old Aberlour (well known for their superbly Sherried Speyside malts), matured in a refill hogshead and bottled by The Malt Whisky Company. A release of 261 bottles.  More info

Aberlour 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$153.96

SPEY Trutina

70cl, 46%
Speyside

A well-balanced single malt from the SPEY range released in late 2016 (alongside their first peated whisky - Fumare) matured in bourbon casks. The name comes from a Latin way of expressing balance,…  More info

SPEY Trutina
$39.64

Glen Grant The Major's Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glen Grant

No age statement malt from Glen Grant, The Major's Reserve is very easy to drink, and a great entry level malt from the distillery.  More info

Glen Grant The Major's Reserve
35
$22.86

Tomintoul with a Peaty Tang

70cl, 40%
Tomintoul

Released in late 2007, a peaty single malt from the Tomintoul distillery.  More info

Tomintoul with a Peaty Tang
7
$31.55

Strathmill 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 1530) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52%
Strathmill

Independently bottled single malt from the Strathmill distillery, aged in a single cask for 18 years - from March 1997 to January 2016. 155 bottles were produced, bottled for the Mackillop's Choice…  More info

Strathmill 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 1530) - Mackillop's Choice
$132.80

Benromach 5 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Benromach

Bucking the trend towards whiskies without age statements, this delightful 5 year old appears to be the replacement for the entry level NAS Benromach Traditional. It's made with the same 80% bourbon…  More info

Benromach 5 Year Old
$27.90

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12361) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Craigellachie

A single cask bottling of Craigellachie single malt, drawn from a Sherry butt that was filled in September 1994 and cracked open in April 2016. It was bottled by Hunter Laing as part of the Old Malt…  More info

Craigellachie 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 12361) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$84.95

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Miltonduff

A 21 year old Miltonduff single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks. This was distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2015 by Càrn Mòr for their Strictly Limited range - 610 bottles were…  More info

Miltonduff 21 Year Old 1994 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$74.27

Glenglassaugh Torfa

70cl, 50%
Glenglassaugh

We've seen the Revival and the Evolution, and now Glenglassaugh are adding a peated expression to their range. The Torfa (which refers to the Old Norse word for turf or peat) has been matured in…  More info

Glenglassaugh Torfa
4
$44.44

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 4177) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 47.8%
Tormore

A bottling of Tormore single malt whisky, distilled in 1988, a year before the distillery was acquired by Allied Domecq in 1989. This 27 year old whisky has been bottled as part of the Mackillop's…  More info

Tormore 27 Year Old 1988 (cask 4177) - Mackillop's Choice
$148.03

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

8 year old single malt from the Macduff distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in 2008 and cracked open in 2016. 745 bottles were produced as part of Càrn Mòr's Strictly…  More info

Macduff 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$39.17

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997

70cl, 43%
Knockando

A 15 year old 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery in Speyside. It has been matured in a combination of Sherry and refill bourbon casks. Knockando whisky is one of the…  More info

Knockando 15 Year Old 1997
$52.45

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 64.3%
Glenrothes

Distilled at Glenrothes on 24th September 2007 and bottled by A.D. Rattray 7th September 2016, this Speyside single malt spent well over 8 years in a single Sherry butt, finally yielding 607 bottles.  More info

Glenrothes 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 70010242) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$54.93

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1996 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Glen Keith

A single cask bottling of 20 year old Glen Keith, distilled in 1996 (a few years before the distillery closed for over a decade) and bottled in 2016 by Langside as part of their Distiller's Art…  More info

Glen Keith 20 Year Old 1996 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$81.57

Glen Keith 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Glen Keith

Distilled in 1996, this is a creamy, fruity Glen Keith from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was aged in refill American hogsheads before bottling at 46% ABV.  More info

Glen Keith 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
2
$79.50

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Glendullan

From the Glendullan distillery comes this 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky, by way of the Old Particular range of independently bottled whiskies, produced by Douglas Laing. It was distilled back…  More info

Glendullan 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10777) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$54.26

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